Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Dheepan is a Tamil freedom fighter, a Tiger. In Sri Lanka, the Civil War is reaching its end, and defeat is near. Dheepan decides to flee, taking with him two strangers - a woman and a little girl - hoping that they will make it easier for him to claim asylum in Europe. Arriving in Paris, the 'family' moves from one temporary home to another until Dheepan finds work as the caretaker of a run-down housing block in the suburbs. He works to build a new life and a real home for his 'wife' and his 'daughter', but the daily violence he confronts quickly reopens his war wounds, and Dheepan is forced to reconnect with his warrior's instincts to protect the people he hopes will become his true family. Written by
A Sri Lankan Warrior, decides to leave his past and flew to France with a temporarily "made up" family.
The movie opens with cremation of some warriors. The protagonist throws his uniform in the fire and takes up a civilian dress, that is the change in his life. He decides to say good bye to the warrior life, and takes up a normal life. And we see a young lady searching for a an orphan child in the refugee camps. She finds a little girl. Together, they get a new name, passport and life. Thus the protagonist's new name is "Dheepan", as per the passport of a deceased person. The fact is that, if they make a family, it is easier for them to migrate to the West.
The "family" reach France, with some struggles and few problems finally they manage to settle down in a rural area of France. But, the place was notorious for criminal activities, gangsters and drug dealers. Dheepan gets a job as the caretaker of a building. The little girl was sent to the French school, she was trying to cop up with language and cultural barrier. The young lady was took a job as a cook and caretaker of an elderly man.
Things where not very smooth, even in France. The tension between the protagonist and "family"; and the society; progress with the movie. The movie is always in tight frames to convey this suffocation. The scenes towards the climax is a worth watch. It was amazingly executed. There are some amazing shots in the movie, that is almost impossible.
Jacques Audiard becomes again one of my favorite directors with this movie. A definitely must watch. Highly Recommended.
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